Scholarships for towed water sports athletes are available through the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation. The Scholarship Committee was appointed in 1982. The first scholarship program began in 1983 and offered scholarships to qualified members of USA Water Ski and Wake Sports.


The applicant must be an incoming Freshman through Senior at a two (2) or four (4) year accredited college or university as a full-time student as well as a U.S. Citizen. Award will be made to an undergraduate student and for no more than (3) academic years. Recipients must attend school for the full year during the year of the award.


General guidelines for consideration include the number of years the applicant has been a member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, academic achievement, two letters of reference, work record, school and community activities, and a 500-word essay or 3:00 to 5:00 minute video.


Also considered are the individual's contributions to the sport as a skier, rider, barefooter or as a volunteer or official at tournaments.


A National Selection Committee will choose the finalists based on information included with the completed application. Winners will be notified by August 15.


Click HERE To Apply!

Youth/Collegiate Grants and Scholarships

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation considers providing opportunities for youth athletes to compete in towed water sports, a top priority. We encourage clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance.


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation initiative seeks to support and expand high quality programs for youth that promote character building, education, water safety, active healthy and drug free behaviors, including event participation in water skiing, wakeboarding and all towed water sports.


The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, competition fees, travel, staff and volunteer training, and outreach.


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation does not discriminate, in its club grant selection process, on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation of any club member or staff.

Michael Gerken Equipment Grant

In an effort to further support collegiate water ski athletes, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation will administer a $1,000 grant to a collegiate water skier to help fund equipment such as water skis, bindings, vests, ropes, etc. 


The Michael Gerken Equipment Grant was established in honor of Michael Gerken, a member of the Iowa State University water ski team, whose life exemplified the principles of good sportsmanship and fairness, competition and courage.  Its goal is to provide young student athletes of limited financial means the opportunity to purchase water ski equipment to continue to compete in water skiing in addition to their college studies.

Colton King Award Grant

Colton King, a 22-year-old student and 2013 captain of the collegiate waterski team at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse was lost on March 23rd, 2015 to a bicycle accident. Colton, who was going to be graduating just a semester later was double majoring in Physics and Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from UW-Milwaukee. He transferred to UW-Milwaukee after 3 years at UW-La Crosse to complete his degree. Colton was an ideal example of someone who excelled both academically and athletically while putting all of his heart and soul into everything he did. In February of 2016 at the Midwest Winter Conference, former teammates of Colton’s at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse presented and got the ‘Colton King Award’ approved by the MCWSA board, Colton King’s family, and the collegiate captains. The ‘Colton King Award,’ is to reimburse a Midwest collegiate team’s national tournament expenses in order to reward the team for working together as one. This directly reflects the example of Colton King. The positive impact that he left behind on his former collegiate Water Ski team will forever be remembered.




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